Last Updated: 15-10-2020

10 Best Compostable Coffee Pods

It is no secret that the big downside of the rise of the coffee pod machine has been the rise in coffee capsule waste in our landfill sites.

Over 350million pods are used every year in the UK alone, and the market is set to grow by $8.08 million during 2020-2024, according to a report by Research and Markets.

They are often plastic or aluminium, struggle to be recycled because of the coffee waste still in them and therefore take years (around 200-500 to be precise) to break down. So, the introduction of compostable eco-friendly coffee pods is very welcomed.

Below are the best picks for compostable coffee pods, which don’t require any extra fuss.

Our Top Picks

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Halo Ristretto Compostable Coffee Pods
  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 10 pods
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Source Climate Change Coffee Pods
  • Machine: Nespresso
  • Contents: 5, 20, 40, 90 pods
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Penningtons Compostable Coffee Capsules
  • Machine: Nespresso and Dualit
  • Contents: 10, 20, 60, 100, 300 pods
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The Best Eco-Friendly Compostable Coffee Pods

1.
Source Climate Change Coffee Pods

Specifications

  • Machine: Nespresso
  • Contents: 5, 20, 40, 90 pods

As the brand name suggests, these guys are bothered about the planet and climate change.

Gishwati Cloud Forest Coffee is a unique single-origin and speciality coffee from Rwanda (although they do have other blends too). It is rich, medium roast coffee which packs a punch yet is still mellow on the palate, and each pod is made from plant-based materials which makes them biodegradable and ideal for industrial composting.

2.
Halo Ristretto Compostable Coffee Pods

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 10 pods

Halo Coffee are the creators of the world’s first home compostable paper-based capsule, which wasn’t just an innovative step but makes recycling much easier for the consumer.

The Ristretto is a blend of distinct South American and Ethiopian coffees, and there are flavours of chocolate, caramel, stone fruits and dried currants, so when you’re drinking it, you can barely notice that it is out of a pod.

They’re made from sugar cane and paper bagasse, so you can dispose of them in your food waste or compost bin. The oxygen barrier wrap is also compostable, despite being as effective as plastic.

3.
Volcano Coffee Works Reserve Coffee Pods

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 10 pods

Single-origin from Ethiopia, these beans are sourced from one supplier and are perfect for anyone who likes a slightly sweeter taste from their hot drinks.

There are sweet toffee, berry and buttery tastes, and at strength 3 they’re pretty perfect for all occasions. Each capsule, along with the lids and bag packaging, is made from a bio-based cornstarch material. It can go straight into the food waste collection bin once you’re done.

If you need further persuasion that they’re good, they were awarded 2-star Great Taste award in 2019, and Volcano is also a brand who support sustainability throughout their entire process.

4.
Rave Signature Blend

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 100 pods

We love Rave here at Daily Espresso, and this bag of 100 compostable pods is the best if you want to bulk buy.

It comes as a 4 x 25 pack delivery and is intensity 3. They are designed to produce a 25ml (short) or 35ml (long) espresso shot, which you can then drink as is or craft into your own. Just adjust the settings of your machine to ensure it knows, too.

They’re compatible with all Nespresso domestic drop through machines (excluding professional, inbuilt models and the Vertuo machines), and can just be added to your everyday food waste for ease.

5.
Halo Minus Decaf Compostable Coffee Pods

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 10 pods

Maybe you want to occasionally have a decaf when you need the taste but not the boost. Or maybe you just want need to avoid caffeine altogether.

As with their others, they are paper capsules and can be disposed of in any waste or food collection, meaning you don’t have to go out of your way to dispose of them.

As a bonus, Halo coffees are sourced and roasted to ensure they have a low-acidity profile, so you can use them without milk or with oat, nut and other non-dairy milk.

Machine: Original Nespresso

Contents: 10 pods

6.
Grind Organic Coffee Capsules

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 30 pods

Grind is a brand who are famous for their pink branding and tins, but the coffee is just as great.

With this purchase, you get a 20 pod capacity tin as well as 30 pods, and the pods are available to buy separately further down the line.

Their House Blend is served to tens of thousands of people every week in London, and it is what is in these pods. There are notes of chocolate and hazelnut, which cuts through milk to deliver a proper coffee punch.

Each pod is made from compostable bio-plastic, certified Climate and CO2 Neutral and they pay their farmers a decent wage above Fair Trade prices. Looking after the planet isn’t just all in the pod for Grind.

7.
Blue Goose Organic Peruvian Compostable Plastic Free Pods

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 40

Compatible with Nespresso original domestic drop-through coffee machines, these pods will turn into compost in just 6-12 weeks, which is undeniably better than the hundreds of years for pure plastic.

As in the title, the coffee is organic and grown in Peruvia, which means they’re grown in harmony with the environment without the use of pesticides and other chemicals. The pods are made from wood bark, and they’re oxygen sealed so can remain fresh for up to 12 months.

Need even more of a reason to turn away from the branded Nespresso pods, they also contain 10% more coffee than standard Nespresso capsules. Fabulous value and ethics.

8.
Roar & Gill Exotic & Rare

Specifications

  • Machine: Original Nespresso
  • Contents: 60 pods

100% compostable capsules. Carbon neutral production and roasting. Additional tree planting that offsets emissions equivalent to London to Venice by car. This is a pretty ethical, sustainable brand all around.

They are strength 6 so will give you a boost in the morning, and make serving sizes of 40ml if you want to make a proper coffee size. You get 60 pods, which will see you through at least one month on average.

Crisp acidity, medium body, floral aromas, and rich sweetness are in the flavours, and because of the complexity, it will really suit any coffee fans who are brave enough to go without milk.

9.
Toast Coffee Pods

Specifications

  • Machine: Nespresso
  • Contents: 100 pods

100% biodegradable and disposed of in your compost bin or general waste, these pods are really easy to use and lose.

Toast only uses single-origin coffee to give a more pronounced flavour, and they source from independent farmers to support ethical practice too. It will work with all Nespresso Original machines, and they are smooth and creamy.

Available are an assortment of espresso blends, whether you’re after something Medium, Light, Intense or Bold. It is all roasted in small batches, too, in order to get the most of the flavour, and you can also buy an assortment pack in case you’re not sure what your tastebuds require.

10.
Penningtons Compostable Coffee Capsules

Specifications

  • Machine: Nespresso and Dualit
  • Contents: 10, 20, 60, 100, 300 pods

Based in the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Lake District National Park, Penningtons are serious about the environment.

Their HQ is powered by renewable energy and they sell a range of 100 per cent compostable coffee capsules made from corn starch.

The best-selling capsules are filled with Penningtons Single Origin Cerrado from Brazil, a roast bursting with caramel, dark chocolate and nutty notes. A decaffeinated version is available too.

Compostable Coffee Pod Buying Guide

Machine Type

Unfortunately, which pods you buy depends on the machine you have at home. A Nespresso-compatible pod is unlikely to fit a Doce Gusto machine.

So, check before you buy. The most popular option is Nespresso compatible pods because they’re a bit more ‘blank’ and simple in design, and said design isn’t trademarked. But there will still be options out there is you have another brand of coffee pod machine.

Contents

How many coffees do you have per day? How many times is this from a pod machine?

You can buy compostable coffee pods in packs of between 10 and 100 in most cases. Opt for the lower end if you are just trying them out, or only occasionally opt for pod coffee, but the larger packs will last longer (although the speciality brands do seem to only make small packs for the most part).

FAQs

How do I dispose of compostable coffee pods?

In the majority of cases, simply just add to your everyday food waste. They will break down in a few months, by themselves, as part of industrial composting.

In some cases, you can add to your own food waste or compost bin. Follow instructions on your packet, and ensure you adjust the makeup of the bin in response.

Are there any other sustainable coffee pods?

As well as compostable pods, you can also buy aluminium coffee pods. This is not quite as good for the planet as something which breaks down in a few months, but they are easier to recycle than plastic.

They will need emptying before you dispose of them, but you can also buy reusable ones. For those really concerned about sustainability, however, compostable ones are the way forward.

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